Leah Stuttard

Leah Stuttard is a medieval harpist, singer, composer and arranger. She works globally with well known ensembles such as Hesperion XXI and Micrologus. In November 2017 she will tour in the UK with the duo programme 'The Secret Life of Lutheran Chorales' with her favourite Danish/Swedish singer, Agnethe.

About Me

I invite you to consider the words of some of my favourite thinkers and writers

Kahlil Gibran

Rumi

Hafiz

Mary Oliver

Meister Eckhart

Julian of Norwich

Alain de Botton

Douglas Harding

John Steinbeck

Matthieu Ricard

Paolo Coelho

Marcus Aurelius

Peter Kingsley

(this list is not exhaustive)

Leah Stuttard

Moments which have changed me

  • Hearing the organ echoing in Bourges Cathedral
  • Singing evensong in Latin with the monks at Rabanal on the Camino Frances.
  • Seeing the Portico de la Gloria in Santiago (and in the V&A museum).
  • Eating my first home made hollandaise sauce.
  • Swimming in the Heiligensee, Potsdam.
  • Visiting the Memling Museum in Bruges.
  • Watching ‘Sixty Minute Silence’, a video by Turner Prize winner, Gillian Wearing.
  • Looking over the Lancashire countryside at the sun shining on Pendle Hill.
  • Meeting Howard Milner in Birmingham when I was 19, my singing teacher and guru for 17 years.

Recordings which have changed me

  • The Art of David Munrow An out of circulation 3 LP box set bought from Blackburn library for £1.
  • Music of the Crusades: David Munrow and The Early Music Consort of London.
  • Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium: The Tallis Scholars.
  • Monteverdi Vespers: The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra.
  • Dufay and Binchois: Ensemble Gilles Binchois.
  • In My Own Time: Karen Dalton.
  • Five Leaves Left: Nick Drake.
  • Clouds: Joni Mitchell.
  • Dream Letter Live in London 1968: Tim Buckley.
  • Grace: Jeff Buckley.
  • Time (The Revelator): Gillian Welch.
  • The Piano: Michael Nyman.
  • Marin Marais & Sainte Colombe, The Greatest Masterworks: Spectre de la Rose.
  • Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach: Tragicomedia.
  • Compostela Medieval: Porque Trobar featuring John Wright.
  • Solas: Solas.
  • When the Party’s Over: Brian Finnegan.

Performances which have changed me

  • Blackburn Cathedral Choir at evensong singing ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence‘ by Bairstow.
  • Pascal Rogé at Blackburn Piano week playing Ravel and Mozart.
  • My first live medieval music, The Dufay Collective at Dartington International Summer School.
  • Les Arts Florissant at the Barbican performing Monteverdi.
  • Acantus performing at Bruges Festival of Early Music.
  • Misteri d’Elx – goosebumps and tears.
  • Alasdair Roberts and Jeffrey Lewis at Green Man festival.
  • Jeff Buckley at Wolverhampton, at Glastonbury.

Most memorable of my own performances

  • As Baloo the bear in a nativity play, singing ‘The Bare Necessities’.
  • In the youth choir at Blackburn Cathedral, Christmas morning, singing Britten’s ‘Hymn to the Virgin’.
  • As Iolanthe in ‘Iolanthe’.
  • Death themed concert, playing the harpsichord in Couperin and singing/directing in Bach Cantata ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’.
  • Directing from the harpsichord in Purcell’s ‘Timon of Athens’ whilst at University.
  • Directing from the harpsichord in Francesca Caccini’s ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina’: a UK premiere with the great and the good having to make their way to a church in North London.
  • Le Jeu de Robin et Marion at The Abbey of Royaumont, at Elche, in Naples.
  • Micrologus at Boston Early Music Festival, at Bar le Duc, in Copenhagen, at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, in a monastery in Slovenia.
  • Playing for the first time with Crawford Young.
  • My first ever solo harp concert in the very beautiful St Paul’s Harringay

Current collaborations

 

Agnethe Christensen:

Nordic folk and germanic medieval song.

 

Bruno Bonhoure, Khaï-Dong Luong and La Camera delle Lacrime

The Labyrinth of Passions : An almost choreographed production with spoken texts in English and French, riddles, video game allusions and music from a 15th century manuscript.